The global impact of hidden hunger
About one third of the world’s population suffers from hidden hunger, a deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals. Hidden hunger's impact starts early and can impede children’s ability to reach their full potential when they grow up.
Allocating funding to nutrition is not only a humanitarian imperative, but also the wisest decision for the future prosperity of society.
Learn more about DSM’s portfolio of consumer-ready solutions aimed to address hidden hunger, offering safe, easy-to-use and affordable supplementation to fill micronutrient gaps in the diets of specific groups of individuals at risk of, or affected by, malnutrition.
Rice is eaten by more than half of the global population, making it the world's number one staple food. Fortifying rice with vital micronutrients is an effective solution for addressing deficiencies and improving the micronutrient status of millions of people worldwide. Click here to read everything you need to know about fortified rice.
Rice – the world’s number one staple food – is low in micro-nutrients once milled. Extruded rice kernels fortified with vitamins and minerals could improve the lives of millions of consumers who currently suffer from hidden hunger.
Multiple micronutrient deficiencies often worsen throughout pregnancy, as there is an increased need for micronutrients to support both a woman’s health and the requirements of her baby during this time.
As women do not always meet increased nutrient needs during pregnancy via their normal diet, multiple micronutrient supplementation should be considered to help to close the nutrient gap and ensure that mothers receive sufficient prenatal nutrition.
Powdered vitamins and minerals, also called micronutrient powders (MNPs), are scientifically proven to provide the nutrients that infants and children, from six months to five years, need to ensure their best possible growth and development. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using MNPs to supplement food for infants in regions where the prevalence of anemia in children under five years of age is above 20 percent.
Fortified Staple Foods
The fortification of staple foods, such as wheat and maize flour and rice, is a well-established, trusted and proven method of addressing micronutrient deficiencies on a large scale, in a cost-effective way and with good consumer acceptance.
Have you heard of hidden hunger? It occurs when people do not get all of the vitamins and minerals they need over a long period of time. This can lead to a range of health issues, impacting both adults and children. Adding vitamins and minerals to common foods, like flour, can help improve the lives of populations worldwide.
The food and beverage industry has the power to vastly improve nutrition. DSM works closely with private sector partners to develop more nutritious products, adapted in terms of content (nutrient-dense foods), price and accessibility to have a large positive impact on public health, in a financially sustainable way.
Therapeutic and Emergency Foods
Emergency foods ensure that vulnerable groups have access to the calories and micronutrients they need to prevent or treat malnutrition and potential serious health implications during emergency situations. Therapeutic foods are used to treat individuals who are acutely malnourished and underweight, or those with underlying diseases who need additional nutritional support.